Hong Kong, Dean Karlan, James Choi discussed on Freakonomics Radio


To tease out the effect of religion itself, where you'd have a control group and one or more treatment groups. Most religious charities, however, were not interested. David Sutherland could understand why too many of the faith based organizations weren't rolling to set up a control group because they didn't want to, you know, set aside a group of people that were going to preach to But Sutherland himself didn't think like that. If an R C T showed that our current program was not effective, I want to know that as soon as possible so that we can pivot to a program that is even more effective. And so it was that during that breakfast in Hong Kong, Dean Karlan realized that David Sutherland would be a willing partner in his longstanding desire to measure the economic effects of religious belief. I said, Would you ever consider removing the religion from what you're doing is that we can understand how that influences the outcome. Off your program, So we kind of take through all the boxes and in 10 minutes, I said, Yeah, all those things work for us. We're happy to do that. Dean Karlan is hardly the only American economist interested in how religion shapes our economic lives. There is the Association of Christian economists, the Christian Finance Faculty Association, the Catholic research economists, discussion organization credo. We know that religion is one of the most Important powerful forces in society. And so we just want to know what effect does that have on all sorts of things, including economic outcomes. That's James Choi, a finance professor at Yale. He works with Carlin on innovations for Poverty Action. Yes, The problem with doing economics of religion research is the lack of.

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